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9 Reasons why you are Stuck

9 Reasons Why You Are Stuck You don’t have a compelling enough vision Your habits aren’t serving you You haven’t invested in improving yourself Poor relationships You’re cheap You’re worried about your weaknesses You’re filling your time You’re managing the wrong things You’re asking “do I feel like doing this?” You don’t have a compelling […]

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How to Be a Good Mentor

The Art of Mentorship I just posted a short presentation to slideshare: The Art of Mentorship 3 Types of Mentor Sponsor (or Advocate) – puts their reputation on the line and takes responsibility for your personal success. Protege = “one who is protected”. Protege must do everything in his power to make the sponsor look […]

Systematic Abandonment

We collect habits, items, people that served us in a given moment, but are not serving us now.  Human beings come pretty well designed for Systematic Accumulation, adding more and more plans, projects, dreams to my bucket list. As we move through life we accumulate dreams, fantasies, projects, stuff.  I often think about what else I would […]

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UCD Smurfit, Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar

UCD Smurfit Business School will be hosting a 3 day Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar on January 14-16 2015. About UCD Smurfit Business School UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. The school offers a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that equip students to become the business leaders […]

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

I have just been scanning the book The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. In the words of the authors: “Leadership is not the same as management.  Not everyone can be a leader. what distinguishes the real leader from a mere administrator is a unique series of perspectives and values.” The authors of this book (Michael […]

TED Talks by IESE Faculty [video playlist]

Join our #YouTubePlaylist #TEDtalks by our Faculty http://t.co/28DT0bQPhT with Professors @PankajGhemawat @xavieroliver @cuchullainn — IESE Business School (@iesebs) June 13, 2014 IESE Faculty TED Talks Follow these speakers IESE Business School Pankaj Ghemawat Xavier Oliver Conor Neill

Hide the Art (especially Toastmasters)

Toastmasters is a wonderful organisation for anybody who wishes to improve their ability to speak with impact. However, there is something that has often challenged me with the “best” toastmaster speeches. They are very clearly the work of someone who has worked very, very, very hard on the words, gestures and voice that they use […]

From "Walking the Talk" Cording, Harrison, Hoskisson, Jonsen (2014), Academy of Management Perspectives

Some Reflections On Good Strategy

What is Good Strategy? These points come from my notes from listening to a lecture by Prof. Pat Gibbon of UCD Smurfit Business School in Dublin during the Executive Edge day in May 2014. Good strategy begins with a clear diagnosis (widely accepted) of the real current condition of the business. If there is nothing […]

The 4 Arts of Self Sabotage

The equation for human performance is the following: Performance = Potential – Self-Sabotage That is it. You achieve not what your boss lets you, not what the others let you… you achieve what you don’t screw up for yourself. In the years since I first wrote this equation up in a class and people said […]

What do you know now that you wish you knew then? #2

Last month, I asked my email subscribers a question:  What do you know now that you wish you knew then? (and wish you did).  Imagine you are having a coffee with a younger version of yourself. What would you say?  (If you still feel that you are the younger self… what would you ask the future you?) […]

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